Cruise vs Beach Wedding

posted 2 years ago in Destination Weddings
  • poll: Would would be more fun a Cruise or Beach Wedding
    Cruise : (5 votes)
    28 %
    Beach : (5 votes)
    28 %
    All inclusive destination : (8 votes)
    44 %
  • Post # 2
    Member
    173 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    Congratulations! My FI and I are having a cruise wedding. We are choosing to get married at the port because I know certain family members don’t want to cruise however you do have the option if either getting married on board at an island port or even getting married on the island. 

    Post # 3
    Member
    682 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    melmareepage:  Congratulations! we did an all-inclusive vacation to a resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and had the wedding department at the resort arrange our wedding. 40 of our friends and family attended and everyone had a great time. I prefer a beach destination such as this, rather than a cruise, because our guests were able to customise their own vacations, important when they are the ones spending time and money to be at your celebration. Most of our guests stayed 7 days, but a few came for 3-4 days. 

    Post # 4
    Member
    3223 posts
    Sugar bee

    I HATE cruises so definitely not that one for me.  If you have to get married before you board, it would kind of ruin it for me.  Why would I book on a cruise if you really just got married in the USA?  It’s not really getting married on a cruise.  Just getting married in an industrial port venue.

    I’d go with either beach (but don’t expect everyone to want to stay in one big house), or AI.

     

    Post # 5
    Member
    532 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    We did an all inclusive in Mexico and it was perfect because once we were all checked in, we never had to worry about food, meeting up, entertainment, etc. It was all built in and we were together at one site.

    I personally would never choose the cruise route because of seasickness.

    Post # 9
    Member
    173 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    melmareepage:  we are going with carnival but other lines offer the same options. We are getting married on the boat in baltimore before boarding and then those who want to cruise stay and those who don’t go. If you’re getting married on the island those who don’t want to cruise could always just fly there and make it their own little vacation after the wedding is done

    Post # 11
    Member
    679 posts
    Busy bee

    melmareepage:  i would say beach! 🙂 but i am baised! We were planning on taking a cruise that stopped in key west, get married on the beach and get back on our cruise. But we werent planning on having anyone join us on the cruise, so the visit would be very short with everyone and with the time so limited if there were bad weather there would be no time to post pone. 

    So now we are having a 3 night wknd in key west with all of our guest fri-sun. Getting married on sunday and driving to miami on monday for our cruise honeymoon. So our cruise will just be us but we will have the 3 day weekend to spend with our family! There are so many great packages for beach weddings! Ours includes everything (beach decor/seating, officiant, photographer, bouquet, and you can get more options), so we get to spend the weekend care free and just “show up” for our wedding. 

    Post # 12
    Member
    294 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    melmareepage:  Congratulations!! I wanted to chime in because there is a way to combine all 3 of your options. (I didn’t vote). 

    We cruised with our family and friends and got married at a resort on the beach in Cozumel (while we were in port that day). I’m not kidding. And it was awesome. Out of our 35 guests, about 10 flew directly to Cozumel and spent a week there at the resort, the rest chose to cruise with us.

    The pricing was amazing – we got married in January, so for the 4 Day cruise on Royal Caribbean had a price tag of $250 per person for an interior room. $250 was the entire cost – including room, entertainment, food, etc. Incredible deal. 

    It was a truly amazing gift to have that quality time on the cruise with everyone. When in your life would you be able to go on a vacation with ALL of your closest family and friends? Especially since there were loved ones that we don’t get to see often. 

    We used a private wedding planner – Cozumel Wedding Planners – rather than use the cruise line’s wedding department. There were a lot more options, they were very flexible and willing to do anything to make it perfect. As big or small as you wanted it. I loved how they had everything set up as a menu where you clicked what you would like. They respond to emails quickly and helped me make decisions, just like a wedding planner in the U.S. In fact, Stephanie is from Chicago.

    With a cruise line based wedding, they’re helpful, but sometimes it seems (from what I’ve read of a lot of reviews) you might not be the most important thing to them. For example, the long wait times to board prior to the wedding ceremony if you’re getting married before the cruise departs – it’s uncomfortable for your non-cruising guests, but there’s nothing that can be done about it due to strict reguations in the port, the cruise line trying to flip all the rooms for 5,000 guests, etc. at the same time.

    Some of the other ports I looked at would have wedding packages – a set package where you would have to negotiate to trade for this or that. Nice, but not nearly as easy to work with as CWP (or a similar vendor). Just my experience!

    https://vimeo.com/93572375 (wedding video) –> you can see the venue, etc.

    Another surprise gift was that (as you’re aware) cell phones don’t work on board the cruise ship and wifi is expensive to use. SO instead of being stressed and trying to nitpick over any last minute details the days leading up to the wedding like most brides do… you can’t! There’s literally nothing you can do but relax and enjoy the trip. It’s wonderful.

    Check out the Cruise Critic message board under the ‘wedding’ section – there are brides who planned island weddings (like us) and on board weddings like some of the pp have mentioned.

    Post # 13
    Member
    2400 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    melmareepage:  We did an all-inclusive wedding in Mexico on the beach and it was amazing & very stress free! The hotel took care of everything for us- we kept it small to just 4 ppl since mexico requires 4 witnesses for a legal marriage anyway. Many ppl get married in the states before they do their “ceremony” in mexico due to legal requirements, but I didn’t think they were too crazy so we just did the full legal ceremony in mexico. Really, it was easy peasy with the coordinator’s help. We went with Privilege Aluxes on Isla Mujeres, a small island about a 15 min ferry ride from Cancun- very convenient but a much quieter non-party like atmosphere than cancun… It had options for everyone- from breakfast only to all-inclusve to suite level all-inclusive which came with unlimited room service =) 

    I wouldn’t do a cruise personally because I know ppl that get seasick easily, hate cramped/tight quarters.. I really dislike being stuck around so many ppl and prefer being able to find my own solitude and quiet, I’d be worried about alot of cruisers being either very old or very young (my dad went on a cruise for his honeymoon & said it was half and half seniors and kiddos pretty much). Plus, I believe cruises have alot of hidden fees for upgrades, excursions, certain types of food/drinks or fancy restaurants… 

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by  .
    Post # 14
    Member
    294 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I think the age of the average cruiser fluctuates a lot depending on the cruise line. Also, yes there are up charges on a cruise, but I don’t think they’re hidden. We cruise on a budget and are perfectly happy with the numerous activities included without extra costs. There are things that are extra, and some of our guests took advantage of a $30 steak dinner that costs $125 in the same restaurant on the mainland or a spa service that was comparable to on the mainland, etc. But we also had lobster and fancy meals in the main dining room (included) as well as the shows, golfing, rock climbing, flow rider, Ice skating, etc. But it is different strokes for different folks for sure! With our group booking, everyone also got a $50 on board credit to use as they pleased. Our wealthier guests could enjoy the ‘upgraded experience’ if they wanted to, but the included part was pretty grand as well! 

    When we were at the stage you are now, I actually sent a survey monkey to our important friends (or just asked family) if this was something they would be up for. The response was so positive! But as pp have mentioned, it’s not for everyone. So consider your particular crowd and what they would enjoy.

    Some of my favorite memories from the cruise (excluding the wedding day) were playing trivia and cards with our best friends, eating dinner in the dining room all together, etc. You know, the quality time. Which are all things that you can get at an All Inclusive Resort as well. So just make the right decision for you! Depending on the cruise line and itinerary, I do think the cruise can be a more affordable option for your guests. 

    Post # 15
    Member
    4893 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    melmareepage:  I’ve found that people are either REALLY into cruising, or have absolutely NO interest in it – so because of that I would tend to shy away from a cruise wedding. That is, if you are totally ok with whoever coming or not coming, then go for it. It’s definitely not for everyone. That being said, it can be said the same for a general destination wedding as some people are just picky about where they choose to spend their vacation time/money. I would still lean towards the destination wedding as it gives people the freedom to come/go as they please as well as make their own arrangements for travel, stay, etc. I live in a resort area where the beach house destinations are really common (and I’m a wedding photographer), so I might be biased only because I see it every day of the week.

    Leave a comment


    Sent weekly. You may unsubscribe at any time.

    Find Amazing Vendors